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Join Trap Door in its 24th Season!

Coming this fall…

Occidental Express

Written by: Matei Visniec
Translated by: Nick Awde
Directed by: Istvan Szabo K.
Guest Director from Hungary

 

Cast: Dennis Bisto, Michael Garvey, Emily Nichelson, Beata Pilch,  Mike Steele and Nicole Wiesner.

 

Opening: October 12, 2017

Running through Nov. 18th

Performances Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8PM

Admission: $20 on Thursdays, Fridays, $25 on Saturdays, 2 for 1 Admission on Fridays

Where: TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

TICKETS HERE

For More Information/Reservations: 773-384-0494

This project is supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding 

Matei Visniec, playwright, poet and journalist, was born in Romania, and now lives in Paris. He began writing for the theatre in 1977. Early in his career Visniec’s plays were banned by the Romanian censors. In 1987 he was invited to France by a literary foundation. While there, he asked for and received political asylum. After the fall of communism in Romania, in 1989, Visniec became one of the most performed playwrights in the country. Visniec gained international attention in 1992, with productions of Horses at the Window in France, and Old Clown Wanted at the “Bonner Biennale”. Since then, Matei Visniec’s work has been produced in France, Germany, United States, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Romania, and Moldavia. Most recently, his play The Word Progress on My Mother’s Lips Doesn’t Ring True was the winner of the “Best Play in the Off-section” at the Avignon Festival in 2009.

István Szabó K. – Born in Romania, István Szabó K. has worked throughout Romania, Hungary and Germany. He graduated from the University of Targu Mures, Romania in 2000. He has served as Artistic Director of Szigligeti Hungarian State Theatre in Oradea, Theatre Director of the Hungarian State Theatre in Timisoara, and the Young Theatre in Piatra Neamt. At the Tomcsa Sandor Theatre in Odorheiu Secuiesc, he held several positions, including Artistic Director, General Manager and the Theatre Director. Mr. Szabó has also worked as the resident director at the Arca Independent Theatre in Bucharest. Currently, he is living as freelancer in Budapest, Hungary. Most notable productions include The Wedding at the Tomcsa Sandor theatre in székelyudvarhely, The Could Child at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Edward at the Romanian National Theatre in Timisoara, The Temptation at Euro Theater Central in Bonn, Mausoleum and Waiting for Godot at the Hungarian State Theatre in Oradea, Titus anatomy/Fall of Rome at the National Theatre from Debrecen, Play Strindberg at the Vörösmarty Theatre from Székesfehérvár and Julia at the Hungarian Theatre (ex. National) from Budapest. Awards for his directorial work include: The Imagine International Festival for The Wedding, TopFest National Festival for Le Enfant Terribles, the Interethnic Theatre Festival “Press Prize” for Teibale and her Demon, The Contemporary Drama  Festival  for Attention, the doors are closing! And the Award of Excellency (accorded by Ministry of Culture from Romania – Saláj County Center) for the word progress on my mother`s lips doesn`t ring true, directed at the Trap Door Theatre from Chicago.

Set Designer: Stefan Roseen / Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski / Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood / Music Composer: Ovidio Iloc /Sound Designer: Danny Rockett / Make-up Designer: Zsofia Otvos / Dramaturg: Milan Pribisic / Graphic Designer: Michal Janicki / Stage Manager: Skye Fort / Assistant Stage Manager: Julia Santha

Check out our 24th Season!


 

“We are grateful to all of those who helped us reach our goal last year!”

“Thanks to your generosity we have been presented with the Challenge once more and need to raise another $15,000 by May 2018″

HELP US MEET THE CHALLENGE ONCE MORE!

The Trap Door Theatre is once again honored to be a recipient of a challenge grant from the

Reva and David Logan Foundation.  

In an effort to help us expand our yearly fundraising goals, the Reva and David Logan Foundation has challenged Trap Door to raise $15,000 by May of 2018. If we are successful, they will match it dollar for dollar, making our total award $30,000.
This is a very prestigious award and we look forward to showing the strength of our community support.
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to make your tax-deductible donation to Trap Door, this is it!
OR
 make your check payable to Trap Door Productions and send to: Trap Door Theatre / 1655 W Cortland / Chicago IL 60622.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

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Trap Door continues its long held tradition of presenting mature, challenging political theatre for discerning audiences.

TimeOut ChicagoDan Jakes

 

 

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Trap Door Theatre

1655 West Cortland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

 Time Out Chicago

Recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!


 

Trap Door Has Its First Documentary Film!

The House of Gods

TRAP DOOR Productions has ventured out to make their first documentary film entitled THE HOUSE OF GODS based on the experience of meeting one very special man on the Camino de Santiago de Campostela in Northern Spain.

The House of Gods (La Casa de Los Dioses) trailer from David A Holcombe on Vimeo.


Congratulations Jeff Awards Nominees 2017: Rachel Sypniewski,
Victor Quezada-Perez
and "ARTURO UI Ensemble"
 

Trap Door welcomes
Associate Ensemble members:

Adam Huizenga
Sami Ismat
David Kaplinsky
Vic Kuligoski
Eddie Lynch
Josh Pennington
Christopher Prchal
Alex Stien
Alexander Trice
Nora Lise Ulrey
Kristin Davis*
(*Resident Stage Manager)

 

Congratulations to our amazing Danny Rockett for recent Joseph Jefferson Award - Original Music in a Play for "How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients"
News!
Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

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